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February 2017
When Change is Good
2017 Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

What happened in the Reformation?

Martin Luther posted his "Ninety-Five Theses" in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years. 

At the heart of these wide-reaching changes was a deep conviction that God's mercy or grace in Jesus is given freely to all. When Luther and others learned to trust God's mercy with "a living, daring confidence," they discovered in that faith the freedom to give themselves generously, lovingly in all of life's undertakings with everyone they met.

The changes began with a critical look at confession and forgiveness, preaching and the sacraments - what Luther called the "means of grace." The sale of indulgences, the practice of penance, the content of preaching, the administration of Baptism and the Lord's Supper - all the restrictions that impeded the message of God's mercy from being heard and received fully by all came under close scrutiny. 

Repeatedly, Luther made changes and took initiatives to give full and free expression to the gospel, the message of God's liberating mercy in Jesus Christ. He translated the Scriptures into German so that ordinary believers could hear the Word of God in their everyday language. 

He composed many hymns including "A Mighty Fortress" (based on Psalm 46) that put the Word of God to music, the language of the heart. He preached for the people in Wittenberg in simple, everyday terms, and he used those sermons as the basis for teaching resources that parents and local pastors could use - his Small and Large Catechisms.

Supper Club is a great opportunity to fellowship with others at OSLC. If you are interested in participating in the Our Saviour Supper Club please sign up at the Welcome Center. If you have any questions or suggestions, please call or email  Kris Klug (944-5083). 
New feature coming soon!

Randy Thurow from Camp Agape will visit Our Saviour February 19th during all 3 services to share some information about 

July 10th - 14th

Help Needed: Family Promise Week is February 6 - 9

We're hosting Family Promise families at their Saunders Blvd
location on Feb. 6-9 and we need your help. Our Saviour will provide food, hospitality and overnight stay to families temporarily displaced from their homes.

Please sign up on the board by the Welcome Center. If you have any questions or want to learn more about this ministry at Our Saviour, please call Carol Bruno, Coordinator at 673-1183. 

  Learn More about Family Promise

Sunday Schedule

Living Word Worship Service 
Traditional Worship
Sunday School (K-5th graders)
FLOW Contemporary Worship 

Children's Choir
Youth Group for (K-5th) and (6-12th)

8:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
11:00 am

3:30 pm
4:00 pm

*Sunday evening confirmation classes to begin soon: Classes will alternate Sundays. Please contact Pastor Linn for more information. 

Mark Your Calendars:

Daddy Daughter Dance | Friday, February 10 
6:30 - 8:30 pm in the OSLC Fellowship Hall

Dads and daughters are invited to join us for a special evening of dancing to timeless tunes and making fun memories together! Grandfathers, big brothers (18+) or family friends are all invited to join us with their special girl. 

Light Refreshments and Drinks provided.

Bring a camera to take pictures at the photo booth.

Sign up in the Welcome Center today and request a special song. You can also email Trudy to RSVP. 

The Season of Lent 
Ash Wednesday is March 1st, 2017

Using ashes as a sign of repentance is an ancient practice, often mentioned in the Bible (e.g., Jonah 3:5-9; Job 42:6; Jeremiah 6:26; Matthew 11:21). The early Christians adopted the use of ashes from Jewish practice as an external mark of penitence. 

Ashes symbolize several aspects of our human existence:
  •  Ashes remind us of God's condemnation of sin, as God said to Adam, "Dust you are and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). 
  • Ashes suggest cleansing and renewal. They were used anciently in the absence of soap. Even on Ash Wednesday, this most penitential day, we receive ashes in the form of the cross, the same symbol placed on our bodies with water in our baptism. Even in this ashen mark of death, we anticipate the new life of Easter. 
  • Ashes remind us of the shortness of human life, for it is said as we are buried into the ground or as ashes are placed in a columbarium (see "What are columbaria and memorial gardens?"). "We commit this body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 284). 
  • Ashes are a symbol of our need to repent, confess our sins, and return to God.

We are getting a new church directory in the near future!
Do you have a new phone, address or email? 
Let us know so we can update your information.


Matthew 25 Ministries is Seeking Volunteers!

For the past two years Matthew 25 Ministry, under the leadership of Jennifer Karlowicz, has provided 100 lunches each Tuesday to those in need in Robbins. We are truly grateful for our OSLC volunteers who pick-up unused baked goods from Panera Bread on Friday nights, initiate food preparation on Monday evenings, and complete and deliver lunches on Tuesday mornings. Our volunteers have benefited from meeting and working with new friends.

We are in the process of scheduling volunteers for 2017. There are opportunities for additional volunteers for Monday evening and Tuesday morning meal preparation. Monday evening workers meet at 5:00 pm, and Tuesday morning workers meet at 9:30 am. Both activities require about one hour of time. Come join the fun and be a part of this important ministry by serving on a weekly team or as a walk-in volunteer. If you have questions or would like to join this ministry, please contact Amy Hill  (910)695-5754.


February Birthdays!

Riley Merchant
Ed Garrett
Phyllis Kinner
Janet Baumeister
Kim McCarty
Jeffrey Masar Jr
Ann Wilckens
Audrey Johnson
Barbara Reid
Sarah Berth
Shawn Davis
Sharon Odom
Mark Elegeert
Carol Linthicum
Andrea Ernst
Ann Leib
Jullian O'Brien
Jan Carey
Jessica Crandall
Carolyn Gordon

Anika Gulovich
Nicholas Kempenich III
Jack Quick Jr
Diana Rabstejnek Rowland
Jonathan Gribben
Matthew Hinds
Emily Hughes
Tyler McCarty
Tracy Metcalf
Louise Crum
Devin Fee
Ted Mataxis
Lynn Mussetter
Joey Ransdell
Lynn Stalls
Rosalind Greisz
Amy Hill
Nathaniel Osborne
Jo-Anne Morton

February Anniversaries!

Lynn & Karen Mussetter
Bill & Almira Web
56 years
57 years

News From Our Saviour Preschool

Our preschoolers have been busy in the new year exploring and having fun! They have been working on skills such as ordering from smallest to biggest and matching upper and lowercase letters. They read about Daniel and the Lion's Den and Jesus walking on water together this month.

Gifts Made in Memorarium

The OSLC Scholarship Fund
In Memory of Edd Sechrist
Jim and Patty Peeples

In Memory of Rich Manning
To The Property Fund

In Memory of Rich Manning
Susie Stanislawek

To The Discretionary Fund
In Memory of Bob Page
Bill and Trudy Blake
Ann Wilckens

In Memory of Emma Boehm
Bill and Trudy Blake
John and Annemarie Loeser

In Memory of Edd Sechrist
Bill and Trudy Blake

In Memory of Rich Manning
Bill and Trudy Blake
In Memory of Ron Romig
Bill and Trudy Blake

The Matthew 25 Ministry Fund
I n Memory of Emma Boehm
Lynn and Karen Mussetter

To The Memorial Fund
In Memory of Edd Sechrist
Thom and Diane Adams
Doug and Carol Aitken
Don and April Barcus
Norman and Brenda Brown
Cris and Florrie Crisafulli
Beth and Bobby Faircloth
Jerry and Carole Gaskill
Heather Halm
Trudy Koeze
Laurel Stanell

To The Memorial Fund
In Memory of Rich Manning
Thom and Diane Adams
Doug and Carol Aitken
Cris and Florrie Crisafulli
Dolores Dray
Mary Jane Frontone
Jerry and Carole Gaskill
Jack and Beverly Hill
David and Amber Jensen
Merle and Barbara Lewis
Lisa Manning Schaefer
Laurel Stanell
Barbara Vainio

To The Memorial Fund
In Memory of Skeeter and Mel Johnson
Gerry and Ginny Page

 The Debt Retirement Fund
In Memory of Emma Boehm
Carol Linthicum

In Memory of Robert Page
Carol Linthicum

To The Tree of Rememberence Fund
In Memory of Don Kerver
Bill, Meg and Kim Lindenberger

In Memory of Rich Manning
Bill, Meg and Kim Lindenberger

In Memory of Edd Sechrist
Bill, Meg, and Kim Lindenberger

Prayers & Cares

FRIENDS AND RELATIVES- All Military, Ella Fondrk, Jolene Fondrk, Charlie Pike, Joyce Pike, Rayna Pitko, Shawn Quigley, The Family of Regina Ross, Fran Starke, Pat Streicker, Family of Sara Tan, Elizabeth Toomey, Susan Van Dyke, Joanne Yaple, Rayna Yaple

HOSPITAL - First Health: Rick Banres, Cathie Nichols

AT HOME - Pat Bock, Joan Bouchard, Bill Bradley, Shirley Braisted, Cris Crisafulli, Louise Crum, Jack and Sue Diffily, Leatha Ferebee, Ed and Nadine Garrett, Rufus and Florence McCormick, Mary McNabb, Joan Nelson, Marian Oswalt,  Barbara Reid, Jean Sherrill, Harris Skinner, Len Stanislawek, Rosanne Thein, Pat Williams

IN EXTENDED CARE - Elmcroft: Lucille Howard; Penick Village Skilled Care: Janet Nelson, Ken Sparke;  Pinehurst Rehab: John Loeser, Quail Haven Rehab: Dick Kinney, Florence Ward

IN RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES - Elmcroft (Upper Unit): Peggy Smith; St. Joseph's
Villas/Pine Knoll: Flo Moore, Lydia Sturdevant; Southern Pines Gracious Retirement Living: Dorothy Cullen, Paul Halm, Dorothy Meier, Carol Rushforth, Dottie Sechrist, Paul Sechrist; Penick Village: Grace Bergstedt, Harry and Carole Carter, Dave and Roberta Danielson, Barbara Holderby, Dottie Sparke Quail Haven: Franklin Ward

IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY - Sean Barnes, Peter Benson, Todd Board, Spencer Cole, Jon Drew, Luke Erickson, Jonathan Gribben, Brian Hughes, Mark Jennings, Michael Karlowicz, Jon Kempenich 

OUR MISSION PARTNER - Water of Life Lutheran, Wilmington


Please note any prayer requests you have on your Welcome Card at Sunday morning worship or email the church office.

Visit from Stephen Deal, Missionary
Pastor Deal is the missionary that we have supported for the last 8 years. He is the regional representative for Central America based in Costa Rica.They joined us on Sunday January 21st!

Thiel Choir in Concert - March 4th at 7 pm

The forty-voice Thiel Choir from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, will 
perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

They will also sing in worship Sunday morning, March 5th. The performance is part of the Thiel Choir's 2017 spring choir tour. The Thiel Choir performs annually for audiences predominantly in the eastern United States and tours internationally every four years. The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Bray, reflects the diverse interests and disciplines of the Thiel College student body. 
Thiel College is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and its 135-acre campus is located in Greenville, a community of 7,000.

The choir will perform a variety of sacred works by Hans Leo Hassler, Henry Purcell, Rene Clausen, Jean Berger, F. Melius Christiansen, Vincent Persichetti, Michael John Trotta, Knut Nystedt and Robert Wetzler, and arrangements of both American folksongs, hymns and spirituals. For this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, excerpts from the writings of Martin Luther will help weave a narrative for our time.

There will be no charge for admission, however, a freewill offering will be taken.

For more information about the concert, contact the church office at 910-692- 2662.

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Financial Update


Materials for our Lay Readers:  February Readings

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